NOC starts fuel rationing after supply disruption
- Five litres for two-wheelers, 15 litres for four-wheelers
Sep 21, 2018-
The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products. According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.
The NOC has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles. The state oil monopoly has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.
NOC Spokesperson Birendra Goit said the Nepal Petroleum Dealers' Association, the apex body of private petrol pumps, and Bagmati Petroleum Dealers’ Association have been requested to distribute the fuel based on the quota system.
The entire country has been facing short of fuel once again due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands. They have also expressed solidarity with the drivers of public vehicles who have launched a nationwide protest against an amendment to the recently introduced Criminal Code.
Most of the private refilling stations were shut, while fuel stations run by Sajha and security forces saw serpentine queues.
Drivers of public vehicles are unhappy over the recently amended Criminal Code which mandates life imprisonment of the driver including confiscation of property in case of death in a traffic accident caused by deliberate intent.
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Published: 21-09-2018 16:34